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Alta Vista, Kansas
—  City  —
Location of Alta Vista, Kansas
Coordinates: 38°51′50″N 96°29′21″W / 38.86389°N 96.48917°W / 38.86389; -96.48917
Country United States
State Kansas
County Wabaunsee
 - Total 0.4 sq mi (0.9 km2)
 - Land 0.4 sq mi (0.9 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,457 ft (444 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 442
 - Density 1,242.1/sq mi (479.6/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 66834
Area code(s) 785
FIPS code 20-01575[1]
GNIS feature ID 0476909[2]

Alta Vista is a city in Wabaunsee County, Kansas, United States. The population was 442 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Topeka, Kansas Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Alta Vista is located at 38°51′50″N 96°29′21″W / 38.86389°N 96.48917°W / 38.86389; -96.48917 (38.863832, -96.489248)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.4 square miles (0.9 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 442 people, 190 households, and 126 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,242.1 people per square mile (474.0/km²). There were 216 housing units at an average density of 607.0/sq mi (231.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.29% White, 1.36% Native American, 0.68% Pacific Islander, and 0.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.07% of the population.

There were 190 households out of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.1% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 27.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 113.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,159, and the median income for a family was $38,542. Males had a median income of $29,167 versus $20,833 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,885. About 8.0% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.5% of those under age 18 and 11.4% of those age 65 or over.


Alta Vista is served by the Union Pacific Railroad, formerly the Southern Pacific, and prior, the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad. Alta Vista is located on UP's Golden State main line to El Paso, Texas. The line was originally built by the Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railroad.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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